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1743]                  To Horace Mann                    361
for the victory; which I am convinced is very considerable by the pains the Jacobites take to persuade it is not. My Lord Carteret's Hanoverian articles have much offended; his express has been burlesqued a thousand ways. By all the letters that arrive, the loss of the French turns out more considerable than by the first accounts: they have dressed up the battle into a victory for themselves—I hope they will always have such ! By their not having declared war with us, one should think they intended a peace. It is allowed that our fine horse did us no honour: the victory was gained by the foot. Two of their princes of the blood, the Prince de Dombes1, and the Count d'Eu his brother, were wounded, and several of their first nobility. Our prisoners turn out but seventy-two officers, besides the private men; and by the piinted catalogue, I don't think many of great family. Marshal Noailles' mortal wound is quite vanished, and Due d'Aremberg's shrunk to a very slight one. The Bang's glory remains in its first bloom.
Lord Wilmington is dead. I believe the civil battle for his post will be tough. Now we shall see what service Lord Carteret's Hanoverians2 will do him. You don't think the crisis unlucky for him, do you ? If you wanted a Treasury, should you choose to have been in Arlington Street3, or driving by the battle of Dettingen ? You may imagine our Court wishes for Mr. Pelham. I don't know any one who wishes for Lord Bath but himself—I believe that is a pretty substantial wish.
1  have got the Life of King Theodore, but I don't know how to convey it—I will inquire for some way.
We are quite alone.    You never saw anything so unlike
LETTER 123.—l Louis Augusts de      of Hanoverian troops with. English
Bourbon   (1700-1755),    Prince    de     money.
Dombes, son of the Duo du Maine,         3 Where Mr. Pelham lived,    Wai-
and grandson of Louis XIV.                  pole.
2  He had advocated the payment